Human Rights

Hate speech in the digital world a ‘critical obstacle for LGBTI people’: UN’s Bachelet

In the fast-growing digital age, hate speech can represent “a critical obstacle for LGBTI people” using online platforms, the UN’s top rights official told participants at a high-level segment on the matter on Tuesday.

Universal coverage race at ‘starting line’, with new momentum: UN health agency

The race to provide Universal Health Coverage can now get underway, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, as nations take to the “starting line” following the most “comprehensive international health agreement in history”- the landmark pledge to improve global health declared by the UN just 24 hours earlier

Nigeria must act to stop housing crisis and forced evictions: UN rights expert

In Nigeria, homeless and other vulnerable people are being “rounded up” by police, “persecuted” and evicted, amid a massive housing crisis, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Tuesday.

In ‘world of disquiet’, UN must deliver for the people, Guterres tells General Assembly

We are living in “a world of disquiet”, the United Nations chief told the High-level session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, urging the Heads of States present to advance “common good” while upholding “shared humanity and values”.

Hate speech exacerbating societal, racial tensions with ‘deadly consequences around the world’, say UN experts

Hate speech, both online and offline, has “exacerbated societal and racial tensions, inciting attacks with deadly consequences around the world”, according to an open letter released on Monday by nearly two dozen independent United Nations experts.

On sidelines of UN climate summit, US President calls for protection of religious freedom

As global leaders gathered at UN Headquarters on Monday to present their plans to combat climate change, United States President Donald Trump put the spotlight on the need to safeguard religious freedom worldwide.

Sign language protects ‘linguistic identity and cultural diversity’ of all users, says UN chief

Sign languages are crucial to “express oneself, connect with others and participate in all aspects of economic, social, cultural and political spheres”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for International Day of Sign Languages, on Monday.

UN human rights report shows rise in reprisals against activists, victims

Cases of intimidation and retaliation against victims, civil society and activists who cooperate with the United Nations are on the rise, a new report from the UN Human Rights Office reveals.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hope for Myanmar, UN News sits down with new Assembly President, youth speak out on climate crisis

A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Hope for justice in Myanmar rights violations; First major interview with new Assembly President; Youth activists want a platform in solving climate crisis; Five deaths every minute due to unsafe health care; Number of migrants outpacing world population growth.

Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council

Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday.